Things to do in Middle Georgia: The Georgia Peach Festival (2022)

Hosted in Byron and Fort Valley, The Georgia Peach Festival (36th edition) is once again gearing up to show why Georgia is known as the Peach State! The Fort Valley festival starts Friday, June 3rd and runs through Thursday, June 9th and the Byron festival will be held on Saturday, June 11th.

The Georgia Peach Festival is home to the “World’s Largest Peach Cobbler” made with 75 gallons of Georgia peaches, 150 pounds of self-rising flour, 150 pounds of sugar, 32 gallons of milk, and 90 pounds of butter. The colossal cobbler is 11 by 5 feet and 8 inches deep courtesy of peaches by Lane Southern Orchards  and Pearson Farms, and cobbler ingredients purchased by local sponsors. The giant cobbler is made in a brick oven constructed specifically for the festival in the parking lot of the Peach County Courthouse.

The Georgia Peach Festival
The festival truly does cater to everyone, evident by the vast array of events scheduled.  A few include:

  • Downtown/Farmers Markets
  • Fireworks
  • Historical Society Luncheon
  • Kids Activities
  • Live Entertainment
  • Miss Georgia Peach Announcement
  • Parade
  • Peach Eating Contest
  • Poker Run
  • Worlds Largest Peach Cobbler

The Georgia Peach Festival Details

Fort Valley Details:

When: Friday, June 3rd – Saturday, June 11th

Times:

Friday, June 3rd:

  • 5pm: Georgia Peach Festival First Friday
  • Official Ribbon Cutting
  • Grand Opening of all Vendors & Festival Activities
  • 5pm – 10pm: Georgia Peach Festival Main Stage
    • First Friday Kickoff Party
    • DJ Mix Master T
    • Local Talent
    • Opening of All Vendors and Festival Activities

Saturday, June 4th:

  • 7am – 10am: The Fort Valley Kiwanis Club
    • Pancakes at the Fort Valley United Methodist Church Fellowship Annex, $5 Per Person
    • 301 W. Church Street, Fort Valley GA
  • 9am: Open Music by Radio Rumba “Tu Voz Latina”
  • 10am: Peachy Parade
    • Downtown Fort Valley, GA
  • 11am: Georgia Peach Queens
    • Bandstand Downtown Fort Valley, GA
  • Historical Society Chicken Salad Lunch
    • Mc-Arthur-Saxon House, 201 South Miller Street, Fort Valley GA
    • Contact: (770) 468-3886, $15 Per Person
  • Eat A Peach Contest
  • Big Peach Chair
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • Peach Double Hopscotch
    • $2 for Each Activity & Card
  • 11am – 5pm: Main Stage, Local Talent & Music Entertainment
  • 12pm: Dine with Food, Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • 2pm: World’s Largest Peach Cobbler with Chef Bennett
  • 5pm: Main Stage Introduction of the Georgia Peach Queens
  • 6pm: Main Stage Concert featuring Gritz & Jelly Butter
  • 8pm: Main Stage Concert Headliner featuring Award-Winning Lisa Lisa

Monday, June 6th:

  • 6pm: Jailhouse Rock
  • Food Truck Frenzy
  • Music by Multi-Award Winning, Josh Courson
    • Located at Jailhouse Alley

Wednesday, June 8th:

  • 12pm: Ice Cream Social
  • Farmers Market
    • Dowtown Fort Valley, GA

Thursday, June 9th:

  • 6pm: Meet Us at The Park Health & Wellness Expo
    • Festival Park, Fort Valley GA

Location: 201 Oakland Heights Parkway, Fort Valley GA – Unless Otherwise Noted

Contact: (478) 825-4002


Byron Details:

When: Saturday, June 11th

Time:

  • 12pm:Main Stage Local Event
  • Paint A Vehicle, $2 Per Person
  • Helicopter Rides, $30 Per Person
  • 6pm: Main Stage Concert featuring The Essence Band
  • Opening of All Vendors and Festival Activities
    • North Peach Park
  • 8pm: Main Stage Concert Headliner featuring End of The Line
    • A Tribute to The Allman Brothers Band
  • 10pm: Spectacular Fireworks Show

Location: North Peach Park, White Road, Byron GA

Contact: (478) 825-4002, georgiapeachfestival@gmail with subject ‘Peachy Parade’


The Georgia Peach Festival Event Details

Georgia Peach Festival Parade:

The Georgia Peach Festival Parade will assemble in the parking lot of The Fort Valley Youth Center of Excellence on Riley Avenue at 9am and begin at 10am. The parade will feature marching units, floats, trucks, cars, and bands.

When: Saturday, June 4th

Time: 10am

Parade Route: The Fort Valley Youth Center of Excellence on Riley Avenue, proceed east on Riley, turn right proceed south on Miller, turn left proceed east on Central, turn left proceed North on Camellia Boulevard, turn left proceed West on Persons, turn right proceed North on Miller, turn left proceed West on Riley and end at The Fort Valley Youth Center of Excellence

Contact: (478) 825-4002


Fort Valley Concert – Gritz & Jelly Butter and Lisa Lisa

The Fort Valley Concert will feature, Gritz & Jelly Butter from Atlanta followed by award-winning headliner, Lisa Lisa. The legendary Lisa Lisa was the first Puerto Rican/Latina to crossover to the Pop and R&B charts and was originally part of the 1980s supergroup, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn and beach chairs for a night of entertainment. There will be a 3D-fireworks show held at the end of the Fort Valley concert.

When: Saturday, June 4th

Time:

  • 6pm – 10pm

Admission: Free

Location: Festival Park, Fort Valley GA


Byron Concerts – Josh Courson, The Essence Band  & End of the Line

The Byron Concert on Monday, June 6th will feature, Multi-Award winning country singer/song writer, Josh Courson. Josh Courson is a native to Macon GA who won Georgia Country Awards 2020 Male Artist of the Year and 2021 Overall Artist of the Year. His first single “Here for the Beer” spent nine weeks in the top 10 and four weeks at number 1.

When: Monday, June 6th

Time:

  • 6pm

Location: Jailhouse Alley, Byron GA

 

The Byron Concert on Saturday, June 11th will feature, The Essence Band and End of the Line: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers celebrating the “Eat A Peach” 50th Anniversary. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn and beach chairs for a night of entertainment. The finale 3D-fireworks show display will be at the end of the Byron concert.

When: Saturday, June 11th

Time:

  • 6pm – 10pm

Admission: Free

Location: North Peach Park, White Road, Byron GA

 


Georgia Peach Festival History

The Georgia Peach Festival began in 1986 to honor peach growers for their contribution to our state’s economy. Georgia ranks third in the nation for peach production with over half of the peach harvest cultivated in Peach County alone. The Georgia Peach Festival is split between Byron and Fort Valley every June and is the only state-sanctioned food festival.

 

The Georgia Peach Festival (2022)

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